Disability Policy being worked out, Disabilities Act soon; meets Guv
Jammu: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today suggested setting up of Self Help Groups (SHGs) by physically-challenged persons so that they are involved in various economic and developmental activities of the Government. She also asked for covering them under various developmental schemes of the Government particularly MGNREGA to make them socially self reliant and economically independent.
The Chief Minister made these suggestions while chairing a joint meeting of officers of Social Welfare Department and representatives of the physically challenged persons here today.
Mehbooba Mufti said that time has come when the societal attitude about persons with disabilities needs to be changed and an atmosphere based on equal opportunities and challenges be created for them so that they can compete on a level playing field. She said her Government has decided to start the process of deconstructing the negative thinking about these persons and many big steps are being conceived which would give such persons a major relief.
The Chief Minister also suggested adding facilities like ramps, rest rooms and special counters for disabled and other such conveniences at the offices, public places, banks, hospitals and major buildings so that people with disabilities don’t face any problems and their accessibility in these areas is made hassle free.
The Chief Minister also directed the Women’s Development Corporation and SC/ST/OBC Corporation to clear the cases of credit facilities to physically challenged persons without any hassle and problem.
The meeting was informed that the Department of Social Welfare is working on a Disability Policy which would soon be discussed with the stakeholders. Also the draft of State’s own Disabilities Act is almost ready which would soon be finalized.
The meeting also decided to constitute an administrative committee to provide an interfacing platform between persons with disabilities and the Government and to redress the concerning issues periodically. The meeting also decided to double the issuance of motorised scooties in the State to the physically challenged persons and exploring the possibility of bringing them under the inclusion category for various benefits under NFSA.
The meeting also decided to adopt online mode of issuance of disability certificate to check misuse and arrest fake claimants. It also decided to go for empanelment and accountability of NGOs in whose favour grants are released by the Government.
Till date Rs. 8.5 crore were disbursed among 471 physically challenged women as loans by the Women’s Development Corporation and Rs. 6.00 crore among 500 physically challenged persons by the J&K SC/ST/OBC Development Corporation, the meeting was told.
Discusses issues left unresolved in assembly
Mehbooba Mufti met Governor NN Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here today.
During the course of extensive discussions Chief Minister apprised the Governor about the matters which could not be dealt with in the recently concluded Assembly Session and also informed him about the several important decisions taken in the Cabinet Meeting held yesterday. Besides issues relating to internal security management, speedy implementation of development projects, the Governor and Mehbooba discussed the time frame for the conduct of elections to Panchayats and Urban Local Bodies. The Governor was informed that the State Government would be shortly notifying the schedule of Panchayat elections as the preparatory work which has already been done is also being notified in the next few days.
The Governor also spoke to Mufti about the now long existing as well as the upcoming vacancies in the State level Statutory Commissions being filled up without any further delay and was informed that action in this regard is already under way.